No Means No is the message Mississippians against personhood are sending to the state legislature. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how both sides of the issue are gearing up for a fight.

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Personhood Battle Heading to the Legislature

By Daniel Cherry | Published 13 Jan 2012 08:14pm | comments

No Means No is the message Mississippians against personhood are sending to the state legislature. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how both sides of the issue are gearing up for a fight.

No bills have yet been filed in the state legislature, but those in opposition to personhood, or its equivalent, are already protesting possible legislation. David Denny organized a No Means No rally Friday night. Personhood failed once, and Denny hopes it fails again.

"The goal here is to raise awareness mainly. We have an accompanying petition online. Right now we have more than 2,300 signatures so we're going to deliver that to all the legislators, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Attorney General."

After the personhood initiative failed in November, supporters turned a sharp eye on the Capitol.

"42% of the people voted yes on Amendment 26, but that doesn't mean 58% of Mississippians are pro-choice."

That's Les Riley the founder of Personhood Mississippi. He says the wording of the initiative had many pro-life voters concerned about it interfering with in vitro fertilization and contraceptives. That's something supporters hope to change this time around.

"We're proposing legislation now that will address peoples' concerns and make it very clear, not only the intent, but the actual legal implications will not affect the things that people were concerned about."

Riley says the goal is to protect the life of all Mississippians...even those who haven't been born. Nsombi Lambright with the Mississippi ACLU says the people have already spoken on the issue.

"I think the legislators should spend their time working on something important like fixing the budget or making sure we have a quality education system here and just let a dead horse lie."

About 60 legislators have already signed a pledge to support the personhood effort.

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